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#1 rschrager

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 11:01 AM

Beneath The Sea is pleased to announce and congratulate the winners of the BTS 2009 International Imaging Competition.

The BTS International Imaging Competition is open to underwater photographers and videographers throughout the world. Beneath The Sea is a federally tax-exempt (501©(3)) organization incorporated as not-for-profit in the State of New York and all proceeds from the Imaging Competition go to further BTS’s goals to (1) provide continuing education to the recreational diver community, (2) educate the public in the benefits of protecting the ocean environment and (3) support ocean and environment related projects and charities. A special thanks to our 2009 contributors who are listed http://beneaththesea...nsors_2008.html


Best in Show, The David Doubilet Award for Excellence in Underwater Photography

Leafy Sea Dragon
Cal Mero
Victoria, Australia

General
1st: Sea Cucumber and the Anemone
George Vincent
Lewisville TX

2nd: Wreck of The Giannis D
Jim Garland
Merseyside UK

3rd: Trio and Wreck
Dany Weinberg
Eilat Israel

Marine Life

1st Lemon Snap
Pedro A Vieyra
London, United Kingdom


2nd Fish Ball
Burak Dedeler
Istanbul Turkey

Macro/Closeup

1st Pygmy Deluxe
Kim Yusuf
Munich, Germany

2nd Emperor Shrimp on Spanish Dancer
Goos van der Heide
GRONINGEN The Netherlands

3rd Blenny
Keri Wilk
Ontario Canada

HON In the Shadows
David Henshaw
Menorca, Spain

Underwater Behavoir

1st Free ride
Rand McMeins
Lynnwood, Washington

2nd Velociraptor
Marco Caqraceni
MIGLIANICO ITALY

3rd Whale shark & sardines
Matthew D. Potenski
Sayreville NJ

HON Territory fight
Dany Weinberg
Eilat Israel

Conservation

HON What we do
Umeed Mistry Bangalore, India
HON Sad encounter
Csaba Tokolyi
Budapest Hungary

Novice/Point & Shoot

1st Eye of the Tiger
Tobias Friedrich Wiesbaden Germany
2nd Green Turtle
Yan Ottesen
Rennaz Switzerland

HON Dolphins and snorkeler
Yan Ottesen
Rennaz Switzerland

HON Cuttlefish Face
Yan Ottesen
Rennaz Switzerland

HON Statia Scorpionfish
Holly Turczyn
Warren, NJ 07059

HON Chein Tong Guardian
Holly Turczyn
Warren, NJ 07059

Creative, The Jim Church Award for Excellence in Underwater Creative Imaging

Rajan at South Button
Umeed Mistry
Bangalore, India

HON: Open window
Ernst Seeling
Vienna Austria

Video, The Stan Waterman Award for Excellence in Underwater Videography

Attack of the Sea Slugs
Robert Williams
Newbury Park CA

2nd : It Takes Two
Sharon Wada
Snohomish WA


Video Snapshot

1st: Bali Squid
Walter Marti
Mission Viejo CA

2nd: Sea Lion Flyby
Robert Williams
Newbury Park CA

The winning images can be seen at www.BeneathTheSea.org/photo_contest_2009.html

The 32nd Annual Beneath The Sea Dive Exposition will take place March 27, 28 and 29, 2009 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, New Jersey – 10 minutes from Manhattan. Further information can be found on Beneath The Sea's internet web site: http://www.BeneathTheSea.org

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 12:07 PM

Thanks for the heads up Bob. Winners photos and videos can be seen here http://beneaththesea...ntest_2009.html

Congrats to all. Way to go Cal! and if you haven't seen it be sure to check out Robert Williams winning video. Outstanding work.

Cheers,
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Edited by Steve Williams, 10 March 2009 - 06:39 PM.

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 05:40 PM

Yes, congrats to all the winners...although it looks like the BTS winners page has some boo-boos such as wrong image with the right info? Hard to say exactly but I know that the same image of the blennies under the moon couldn't have won two years in a row could it????

I have to say that Rand McMeins' "Free Ride" image may be my favorite photo of the year. I'm glad to see it place so well.

Another one of my favorites is Keri Wilk's "Blenny". He must hypnotize those little guys or something to nail the kind of shots he does! :bye:

Edited by NCmermaid, 10 March 2009 - 06:48 PM.

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 08:38 PM

I'd like to add my congrats to all the winners as well.
I'm humbled to have my photo place but also, happy that so many of my friends were there in Port Hardy where the picture was taken. Alex Mustard, Todd and John made this a special win. I'm glad that I was the only one shooting macro on that dive....lol!

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Edited by randapex, 10 March 2009 - 08:43 PM.

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Posted 10 March 2009 - 10:57 PM

Congratulations all. :bye: :)

Lots of friends amongst the winners! :)

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 12:23 AM

Congratulations to everybody!!!

Rand, that is a one in a lifetime photo opportunity and yuo just nailed it!!! :bye:
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Posted 11 March 2009 - 02:12 AM

Congrats to all ..


...although it looks like the BTS winners page has some boo-boos such as wrong image with the right info?



Missing listings also(?) - 3rd in Marine Life, 1st , 2nd or 3rd in Conservation, 3rd in Novice, 2nd or 3rd in Creative, 3rd in Video.

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 02:33 AM

Congrats to everybody on the list!!! :bye:
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Posted 11 March 2009 - 03:04 AM

Congrats to everyone.

Cal, way to go, that photo's doing well for you hey! Keep up the good work.

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 04:43 AM

Well done all.

We saw Rand's shot on the boat immediately after the dive and all knew he had a true winner. So, we are going back again this year so the rest of us can get that shot too. LOL

Congrats to all

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 07:18 AM

Well done to all the winners. A great group of images this year.
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Posted 11 March 2009 - 09:21 PM

Thanks guys!

Congrats to the winners as well,

Rand's photo is simply stunning........... :bye: :)

I was simply speechless when I found out I had won. I'm in a new town and don't know any other photographers here so I ducked down to the pub for a quiet celebration beer :-)

Now my fingers are crossed for the DEEP results! :)

Cheers

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 12:27 AM

Cal, that seadragon is one of the animals I dream with. Great picture!
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Posted 12 March 2009 - 05:57 AM

Now my fingers are crossed for the DEEP results! :bye:

Cheers

Cal

I thought the DEEP results were announced already. Anyway, it really is a spectacular shot and I'll see it in person in a couple of weeks. I'll let you know how it looks. It might even be on the cover of the program. I remember the year the jellyfish won, it was on the cover. If you want, I'll send it to you, unless BTS does that for you. Let me know.
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Posted 12 March 2009 - 06:10 AM

I thought the DEEP results were announced already. Anyway, it really is a spectacular shot and I'll see it in person in a couple of weeks. I'll let you know how it looks. It might even be on the cover of the program. I remember the year the jellyfish won, it was on the cover. If you want, I'll send it to you, unless BTS does that for you. Let me know.


DEEP has not been announced and will be when the show happens usually (same weekend as BTS)

OWU was announced a couple of weeks back (both are with WP and DPG at underwatercompetition.com )

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 06:57 AM

DEEP has not been announced and will be when the show happens usually (same weekend as BTS)

OWU was announced a couple of weeks back (both are with WP and DPG at underwatercompetition.com )

I see. Just the people whose images didn't place were notified. I wish BTS would do that too. That way one would know if the images were received.
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Posted 12 March 2009 - 07:20 AM

I see. Just the people whose images didn't place were notified. I wish BTS would do that too. That way one would know if the images were received.


I send entries in via mail with confirmation/tracking to BTS, and other competitions, where mail is involved so to know it is postmarked before dealine date and delivered in time. Also usually send a check, so if the check clears you know :bye:

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 08:35 AM

I see. Just the people whose images didn't place were notified. I wish BTS would do that too. That way one would know if the images were received.


We're going to try to do that next year now that most of the images are uploaded and the entries are done via the internet. In the past, the problem has been sending a snail mail to each entrant was, quite frankly, an impracticable task.

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 12:31 PM

Thanks all for the congrats and congrats to all other winners! Especially to Rand and Keri - very impressive pictures!

BTW - how do I find out what I've won? :bye:

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Posted 12 March 2009 - 01:22 PM

Congrats Kim!!

The email I received from Beneath the Sea said certificates and prizes will me mailed out after the show is over. Guess we find out then.

Rand

Edited by randapex, 12 March 2009 - 01:26 PM.

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